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Gulls (New Naturalist Series)Artist/Author: Coulson, John C
The gull is a familiar sight by the seaside, and one of the most recognisable bird species, but most people know surprisingly little about the lives and habits of these seafaring birds. Professor John Coulson remedies this with a comprehensive overview of the gull.
There are more than 50 known species of gulls, and many of these are well-adapted to living in urban areas and in close proximity to humans. But there are also less familiar species to discover, which keep their distance from beachgoers. This long-overdue addition to the New Naturalist library explains the thorny issues of gull taxonomy and classification, then introduces readers to what it means to be a gull, physically and genetically. Chapters are divided by larger gull groups, and within these, distribution, lifecyles and behaviours are examined, as well as acclimation to the human world. Colour photography throughout offers ample opportunity to get a sense of the variation within the gull group, and makes Gulls a pleasure to look through.
The Status of Birds in Britain and IrelandArtist/Author: Parkin, David, Alan Knox
The Status of Birds in Britain and Ireland was written to update the British Ornithologists’ Union’s last full Checklist published under the same title as far back as 1971. Since then there have been remarkable changes in both distribution and abundance of the region’s birds. Some species have become extinct as breeding birds, whereas others have colonised and even become quite common; many of our most familiar birds have suffered critical declines with changes in land use and climate. Dozens of new species have occurred as vagrants, and many previous vagrants now occur much more frequently.
Furthermore, there has been a major revolution in bird taxonomy. The Status of Birds in Britain and Ireland summarises all these changes and gives an up-to-date account of the status of the birds in Britain, Ireland and the Isle of Man. The book has been written by two former Chairmen of the British Ornithologists’ Union Records Committee, and long-serving members of the BOU Taxonomic Sub-Committee. It was compiled with the close cooperation of former colleagues in the BOU Records Committee and TSC, as well as key figures in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, to ensure it reflects the ‘official’ position in all the countries covered.
The Status only includes records accepted by the committees responsible for each of the countries, follows the new taxonomy of the BOU, and uses English names approved by the International Ornithological Congress’s working group on English names, as also adopted by the BOU. As such, The Status of Birds in Britain and Ireland is the only key text reflecting the ‘official’ status of birds throughout Britain and Ireland, as followed by bodies such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the British Trust for Ornithology, the Joint Nature Conservation Council, BirdWatch Ireland, the BOU itself, and many others.
How to Be an Urban BirderArtist/Author: Lindo, David (Author), Jamie Oliver (Foreword By), Steph Thorpe (Illustrator)
Urban birding is fast becoming ornithology’s new rock ‘n’ roll. Birds and birding have never been cooler – and urban birding is at the cutting edge.
How to Be an Urban Birder is the world’s first guide to the art of urban birding – which is easy and great fun. Here, urban birding pioneer David Lindo tells you everything you need to know about birds and birding in towns and cities in the UK.
– Includes a brief history of urban birding in the UK
– Covers the best places to look for birds in towns and cities
– Helps you get to know your urban birds
– Gives useful tips on how to attract birds to your garden
– Explains what gear you need and how to go about being an urban birder
– Features hundreds of cool images and illustrations of birds in urban settings
The Everyday Guide to British BirdsArtist/Author: Elder, Charlie
The Everyday Guide to British Birds is the perfect companion for nature enthusiasts and birdwatching beginners. It describes the common and widespread species we’re most likely to come across in Britain and explains what makes each of them unique. Clearly illustrated, packed with fascinating facts and written in a friendly style, this RSPB is ideal for anyone who wants to identify and learn more about the birds they encounter, whether in the back garden or the wider countryside.
Collins BTO Guide to British BirdsArtist/Author: Sterry, Paul and Paul Stancliffe.
Collins, in collaboration with the British Trust for Ornithology, present the most authoritative and up-to-date information in this new field guide to the common birds of Britain and Ireland. This unique new identification guide features all of the birds that have occurred five or more times in Britain and Ireland, including all species that breed regularly in the region, plus those that winter here, or occur as common passage migrants. The book has been written and illustrated as much with the beginner in mind as the experienced birdwatcher. Text and photographs describe and illustrate the key features needed to identify a species with confidence, and to separate it from similar, or ‘confusion’, species. As a general rule, the species accounts follow the taxonomic running order provided by the British Ornithologist’s Union (BOU). But for the benefit of the reader, in some instances the running order has been juggled subtly so that potentially confusing species are placed side by side. More than 1,200 photographs are featured and many are seen here for the first time. They have been chosen carefully to show not only important identification features but also to give clues to the usual habitat favoured by the bird, and its typical posture.
The Helm Guide to Bird Identification: An in-depth look at Confusion SpeciesArtist/Author: Vinicombe, Keith, Alan Harris, and Laurel Tucker
This book covers difficult identification issues by looking at tricky species pairs or groups of birds found in Britain, and comparing and contrasting their respective features. Designed as a field companion, it supplements the standard field guides and provides much additional information. As well as detailed texts, this book includes extensive illustrations of all relevant ages and plumages of the species concerned.
RSPB Handbook of British birdsArtist/Author: Holden, Peter and Tim Cleeves.
This is a revised and updated fourth edition of this bestselling handbook. This unique guide provides details of 280 of the most common British bird species. It covers all aspects of field identification, using illustrations from the highly acclaimed Handbook of Bird Identification to show all common plumage forms. The text also covers behaviour, breeding biology, population, status, longevity and any other interesting facts about the species concerned. A detailed distribution map is provided for each species. The rarities section, featuring 26 additional species, has been updated and features two species new to this edition. Six comparison artwork spreads are included to help identify difficult to identify species – such as ducks, waders, warblers, raptors and gulls – alongside one another. The RSPB Handbook provides a complete, single source of basic information to our most familiar birds.
Bill Oddie’s birds of Britain and Ireland.Artist/Author: Oddie, Bill, et al.
A new and fully updated edition of this popular title. Essentially a beginner’s field guide to Britain and Ireland’s most common birds. Written in Bill’s inimitable style, the book enables even the most inexperienced birdwatcher to clearly identify a wide variety of species. The new edition takes into account the most recent changes to the taxonomic order of bird species, includes the latest scientific bird names as well as the common names, contains numerous new pictures, and is fully updated with the latest data on species for which the status has changed since the book was first published. Clear, realistic and accurate illustrations by several leading artists show the birds as they are actually seen in the field.
The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and IrelandArtist/Author: Crossley, Richard and Dominic Couzens.
Aimed at beginner and intermediate birders, yet suitable for all levels, this new volume in the groundbreaking Crossley ID Guide series is the most user-friendly field guide to the birds of Britain and Ireland. Based on The Crossley ID Guide’s award-winning design, this guide looks at all regularly occurring species of Britain and Ireland, and shows readers how to identify birds using size, structure, shape, probability, and behaviour. Images are accompanied by the accurate and concise text of Dominic Couzens, one of Britain’s leading nature writers. This unique book treats over 310 species – those birds most likely to be encountered by observers and the guide’s attractive pages provide a real-life approach to bird identification. Scenes present birds in various plumages, in lifelike poses set in identifiable British and Irish habitats, and plates also illustrate how a bird’s appearance changes with distance.
Organizing images in cohesive, easy-to-understand plates rather than as separate photographs, this book also sets itself apart by containing more images that demonstrate flight, behaviour, habitat, and plumages than any other volume available. Not only is this field guide a reference book, it is also a spectacular teaching resource that makes it easy for nature enthusiasts to see and appreciate the big picture of bird identification.
Scilly birding: joining the madding crowd.Artist/Author: Davey, Simon.
A humorous account of the passion, joys, highs and lows experienced by a dedicated bird enthusiast in his pursuit of an experience with rare birds on the Isles of Scilly, UK.
RSPB british birdfinder.Artist/Author: Taylor, Marianne.
This species-by-species guide shows you how to find and watch more than 250 species of birds that can be seen in Britain. Readers will be able to find their most coveted species but also enjoy rewarding watching experiences that will enhance their understanding of the species, of bird behaviour and of key fieldcraft techniques. Contains detailed information on how to find birds, including the best time of day to do so, how to search the habitat and recognize behavioural signs.
Birdsong.Artist/Author: Floyd, Madeleine.
A celebration of British birds and their songs, from the sought-after artist Madeleine Floyd. Some 50 of her exquisite drawings of birds, along with their specific eggs are captured here for fans of her work and wildlife enthusiasts. It includes details of the songs and sounds made by each of the birds, from sparrows, tits, to the lyrical nightingale. The latter has up to 250 different phrases in his song and each performance is made up of a unique composition. The art of Madeleine Floyd is beautifully presented in this gem of a book and should delight all bird lovers.